Vibrant impressionism: 35 photos in nature, studios, gardens and greenhouses
Edgar DegasJulie, a daughter of Berthe Morisot, recalled the friendly dinners where Edgar Degas was running around the table with the camera like a child who got hold of a treasure. He took photographs of his friends, their children, sitters and ballerinas. Some of these photographs became sketches for the artist’s future paintings.
Pierre-Auguste RenoirRenoir was portrayed many times, and these photographs can be of great help if we want to trace several decades of his life, to find the images of his favorite sitters, friends and family. He spent the last seven years of his life on a wheelchair, but this did not keep him from working even when his hands became motionless and a paintbrush had to be tied to them.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Stéphane Mallarmé. December 1895. Photo by Edgar Degas.
Claude MonetClaude Monet was a media personality: the reporters came to Giverny to photograph and
interview the artist. Politicians, princes and princesses, actors, directors, gallery owners walked in his garden.
Claude Monet and actress Charlotte Lysès at Giverny, 1915. Photograph by Sacha Guitry.
In this photographic cycle from the workshop in Giverny, not only the dimensions of the paintings are shocking. Just look what kind brushes the artist used to paint the famous panels with water lilies!
Henri de Toulouse-LautrecPhotographer Maurice Gibert was a close friend of Toulouse-Lautrec. Ironic, shedding, amusing, and shocking Lautrec is much more convincing than the literary and biographical image of a single disabled person.
Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro was constantly surrounded by people: students, members of his large family, colleagues. He was the artist who had a rare talent of a convincing teacher.
Gustave CaillebotteBeau Caillebotte in the center of Paris, or engineer Caillebotte with drawings of another
boat, or florist Caillebotte, who grew more flowers than painted — the artist resembles the subject of one of his paintings.
Photograph by Martial Caillebotte, the artist’s brother.
John Singer SargentSargent was an artist and a traveler, the artist without a home and homeland, and he lived, perhaps, in the most impressionistic way. He was an American who grew up and later lived in all of Europe with hundreds of travel sketches left after him.
John Singer Sargent painting outdoors. 1888−1889.
Berthe MorisotFor a long time, critics did not take Berthe Morisot seriously. She was fabulously beautiful, and therefore they expected from her a successful marriage and an early breaking up with painting, as if with a temporary whim.
Berthe Morisot 1870.
Collected by Anna Sydelnykova